Weeks 15, 16 & 17
Our last few weeks out here have been so much fun. We've been really making the most of our time doing lots of teaching and Lily has had the chance to teach the violin which she's really enjoyed. We attended an interesting music conference about the position of women in the music industry which taught us a lot about the struggles out here and gave us a better understanding of how the industry works. Our teaching at the school has improved and we sang for the Lebanese minster of education last week and we were so proud of the children they were brilliant.
Thanks to all the kind donations we received on our fundraising page we have managed to build a playground from tyres, buy a speaker and bass/keyboard leads, pay for some bass lessons for one of the children who is now amazing, pay for three of the girls to have glasses so they can finally see properly and Mary can stop breaking every dish in the kitchen and build a long wooden table so everyone can eat together (even if one of the legs is slightly shorter than the others...). It's really made such a difference so thank you!
The oldest girl at the center finished her exams last week (finally) and really wants to go to University in September to study Economics. We have decided to make this our next mission and are looking into all the ways to make this possible for her.
You'd have thought being British we'd have learnt not to plan something for a bank holiday Monday...Our fundraising concert was met by a glorious tropical rainstorm causing everyone and everything to get soaked. Rainstorms out here are a bit like snow in England (everything stops and travel is not easy). This meant that in the afternoon we did not have the crowd of people we wished for. Despite this, the evening turned into one of the best nights of our lives with every one sat around long tables eating, drinking and dancing on top of the chicken house...which is now a rather sorry sight - though no chickens were harmed. We still managed to raise about 800 cedi which is amazing and our true thanks go to our kind friends for their generous donations out here.
So much has changed since our first few weeks...We've adapted to the crazy driving and are no longer shocked or surprised by the horn beeping or motorbikes driving into us. We've learnt a lot more Ga and find it a lot easier to understand what is going on (well, most of the time) and our African spice tolerance has dramatically improved though we cannot wait for runny tummies to be a thing of the past! We really feel at home out here and will take a lot back to England with us. We've made some amazing friends and met so many wonderful people - they've all taught us so much and we will definitely be coming home with fresh eyes (tired but fresh). There are some things that you cannot put into words as they cannot fully capture the final picture of everything we have experienced out here. However, what we can say is that through our music we have discovered a whole new world of social change and we want to do everything we can to help the children we work with reach their potential as they deserve the world. Ghana, we will really miss you but don't worry we are coming back next year! Until then, Woya Shien!
Love Lily and Hannah xx